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Democracy

Democracy, especially local democracy, is essential. It provides the building blocks of society which make sure our loved ones are cared for, our children are educated and our neighbourhoods are safe and well-maintained. A vibrant local democracy needs the best people to represent your local community. It needs to deliver services which meet the needs of its citizens. Crucially, it needs citizens that are engaged and who are willing to play their part to influence change for their area if it’s to really thrive in an open and fair way. ​


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Your elected councillors, 75 in total, serve you and your community and are responsible for areas of the city called wards, there are 29 in total.  It’s their role to represent you and your concerns and to lobby on your behalf.


You can email, write a letter or telephone your councillorExternal link opens in a new window . Many of our members are also engaging on social media.

There are regular public meetings including Council and Planning Committee (broadcasted live on our website via webcastExternal link opens in a new window ) and meetings of the Cabinet and five topic related Scrutiny Committees (some of which may be broadcasted live). The agendas and papers, location and time of the meetings are published on our websiteExternal link opens in a new window

You can also subscribe to updates​​​​​External link opens in a new window ​​ including notifications when a new agenda is published and updates on specific local or policy issues you are interested in.

You can access any of the public committee papers on your mobile device by downloading the Mod.Gov App. You can choose which committees you wish to subscribe to and the relevant papers are downloaded to your device when you are next online. Sign up to the modern.gov app todayExternal link opens in a new window .

We send out regular updates on our services, events and any consultations taking place. It’s well worth following us on TwitterExternal link opens in a new window and liking our page on FacebookExternal link opens in a new window . Many of your local councillors are also embracing social media channels. The hashtag #cdfcouncilExternal link opens in a new window also captures regular debates taking place about local democracy in Cardiff. 

We regularly hold consultations on proposals that may affect you, your community and the services we provide. All of our consultations are widely available. Live consultations can be found at:

Individuals and representatives from schools and youth groups make up Cardiff Youth CouncilExternal link opens in a new window . Two members get elected as Members of Youth Parliament. Three ‘Grand Council’ meetings are held every year in City Hall. You can find out more on the Cardiff Youth Service Facebook pageExternal link opens in a new window or TwitterExternal link opens in a new window .

The Council welcomes petitions and we recognise that petitions are one way in which people can let us know their concerns. Petitions can be presented to a meeting of the Full Council and Planning and Licensing Committees.


To submit your petition at Full Council please contact your Local Councillor who can present it on your behalf, or for any other petition contact democraticservices@cardiff.gov.uk 

If you live or work in Cardiff and have a question to submit concerning something that matters to you and your community you can ask a public question at a Full Council meeting. You can ask one question per meeting and up to two in any one municipal year.


To ask a public question please email democraticservices@cardiff.gov.uk or write to Cardiff Council Democratic Services, Room 286, County Hall, Atlantic Wharf,

Cardiff CF10 4UW.

Scrutiny is undertaken by Councillors who do not hold Cabinet positions within the Council. They work together to ensure accountability, openness and transparency, acting as a critical friend and enabling the voice and concerns of the public to be heard.

At the start of each municipal year (the day after Annual Council on the last Thursday of May) each Scrutiny Committee begins to devise a work programme for the following 12 months.

The Council welcomes your ideas on contents for our work programmes. Please email scrutinyviewpoints@cardiff.gov.uk 



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